Q: Introduce yourself! What experience do you have with writing?
I live in St. Louis, MO with my husband and two daughters. Right now I stay at home with them and would love it if I could become a full-time author by the time they both start school. Rinna Ford is a pen name I created to help write the stories that I make up.
I made up and wrote down stories a lot when I was younger, and they always had fantasy elements. I’ve always loved fantasy and the paranormal so when I decided to take up writing again, that’s what I wanted to write. I have an education background so I use that to help with writing and creating stories.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I would want to read and I hope that others will like it too. I’d like to think my stories are at least somewhat original, but I do like getting suggestions from people who have read something I’m working on for what they would like to see happen. It’s always nice to get fresh prospective on what you’re working on.
Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It’s definitely streamlined the process. It took me almost 9 months to outline the first three books in my first series. Just outlining. It took me another almost 4 months to write, revise, edit, and publish my first book. I’m hoping to publish book 2 within 3 months, and I think I can definitely do it. Outlining has become less time consuming as well.
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to never be afraid of using my imagination. I think somewhere along the way I lost that because I stopped writing and making up stories. It took me getting breast cancer and going through treatments and needing an escape from reality to realize that it was gone. That’s when I decided to start writing again.
Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?
Pinterest, Facebook, and pretty much the internet in general LOL would be my Kryptonite. I have to constantly make myself turn off all of those distractions to start writing.
Q: Do you believe in writer’s block?
Definitely! Stress creates writer’s block for me. Ugh! I hate it!
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It took almost a month to write the first draft of Queen of the Fireflies, but start to finish it took a little over a year. I think the next books will go much quicker now that I have a better idea of what I need to do.
Q: What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene to write was the first sex scene. I originally didn’t plan on including sex scenes, but I kind of felt like the book needed them. I needed a little liquid courage to get through it. That’s also when I created my pen name. Being someone else for a little while helped me write it. Sex scenes have gotten easier since then.
Q: Do you Google yourself?
No, not yet!
Q: Where can readers learn more about you?
FB Author page: www.facebook.com/rinnafordauthor/?modal=admin_todo_tour
Rinna’s Reader Group: www.facebook.com/groups/rinnaford/